Police: Shooter at Virginia Walmart was employee

By ALEX BRANDON

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Police say the person who opened fire at a Walmart in Virginia was an employee.

Chief of Chesapeake Police Mark G. Solesky told reporters Wednesday that the gunman killed himself. Six people are dead and four are being treated in hospitals.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A shooter opened fire at a Walmart in Virginia, leaving six people dead, police said, in the country’s second high-profile mass killing in a handful of days. The assailant is also dead.

The store in Chesapeake was busy just before the shooting Tuesday night with people stocking up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, a shopper told a local TV station.

Officer Leo Kosinski couldn’t say how the shooter died but said that he didn’t believe police fired shots. It was not clear who the shooter was or what their motive might be.

“I am devastated by the senseless act of violence that took place late last night in our city,” Mayor Rick W. West said in a statement posted on the city’s Twitter account Wednesday. “Chesapeake is a tightknit community and we are all shaken by this news.”

Joetta Jeffery told CNN that she received text messages from her mother who was inside the store when the shots were fired. Her mother, Betsy Umphlett, was not injured.

“I’m crying, I’m shaking,” Jeffery said. “I had just talked to her about buying turkeys for Thanksgiving, then this text came in.”

A database run by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University that tracks every mass killing in America going back to 2006 shows this year has been especially bad. The U.S. has now had 40 mass killings so far this year, second to the 45 that occurred for all of 2019. The database defines a mass killing …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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